Today's readings show us that it is not enough to be Christ's disciples in name only. To be a real disciple, we must live for Christ every day and in every aspect of life. This kind of life takes strength and discipline.
Intentionally and consistently offering the Lord the best of our Time, Talent, and Treasure through a stewardship way of life is a form of spiritual discipline. These spiritual disciplines teach us to become ever more aware of God's constant provision for us and they keep us on the narrow path towards the Kingdom of Heaven. The more we embrace this way of life, the more we can be “trained” by the Lord in the ways of true discipleship. Though difficult, these disciplines become a source of spiritual strength.
Our Lord Himself speaks of the difficult path to the Kingdom of Heaven in today's Gospel passage from Luke. He is asked, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" Jesus responds, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough." Showing up for Mass on Sunday while living as if Christ is an afterthought the rest of the week does not make us disciples. What's more, this approach to our faith is an unjust and unloving response to our good God who has given us all that we have and are.
Jesus does not want us to merely go through the motions of faith. He wants much more from us and for us. He wants to know us deeply and for us to get to know Him so that we become His holy disciples. This is not a burden; it is a privilege. But it does take discipline, the discipline of a stewardship way of life.
I'm pleased to announce that Bishop Michael Barber has assigned Deacon David Young to St. Joseph the Worker Church. Deacon Young has just completed nearly 4 years of service at Christ the Light Cathedral and asked to be assigned to us here at St. Joseph the Worker! I know Deacon to be a spiritual man, grounded and joyful with an easy laugh as he has assisted me from time to time with my healing/deliverance ministry and thru our conversations. Please introduce yourself and welcome him to our parish when you get a chance.
- Fr. Kenneth Nobrega
Born: Wolfeboro, NH November 23, 1947
Education: BS in BA, Nathanial Hawthorne College, Antrim, NH; MA in Dogmatic Theology, Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Ordained: June 12, 2005, Norwich, CT
Incardinated Diocese of Oakland: January 30, 2012
Guiding Scripture: "God is Love." 1John 4:16
Ministry principle: "With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
Receipt of Sacraments: Easter Vigil 1995
Deacon David as a convert began the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in 1994 and was received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 1995; at St. Pius X Church in Middletown, Connecticut, receiving five sacraments including the Convalidation of his marriage to Monica.
He began in ministry as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Dave and Monica became part of a prayer group leadership team at St. Pius X. They were invited to enter a three year formation program culminating with becoming commissioned lay ministers. During this time, Dave participated in a social justice outreach program to those that had exhausted community social services resources, involving parishioners in donating furniture, clothes, or food.
In July, 2001, he was accepted in the Norwich Diocesan Permanent Deacon Formation Program. Completing formation and studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, CT with a Master's Degree in Dogmatic Theology in May, 2005; he was ordained by Bishop Michael Cote as a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Norwich on June 12, 2005. His one year "temporary" assignment to Notre Dame Church in Durham, CT lasted until May 2009, concluding after sensing a prayerful call to the West Coast.
David spent four years in the U.S. Army Security Agency as an Electronic Warfare Operator/Analyst. Then began a diverse career as police officer; sales manager; Catholic Non-Profit turn-around specialist twice, serving as director of operations for a residential treatment center of boys and an elementary school principal; and founder of Forever Young Business Consultants, LLC. All of this experience has become beneficial in ministry to God's children.
Finally, David and Monica relocated from Connecticut to the Bay Area to be closer to family, eventually being led to Alameda. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone assigned him to St. Joseph Basilica and accepted his vows on January 30, 2012 to service to the Bishop and the Diocese of Oakland. On December 1, 2013, Bishop Michael Barber changed the appointment from St. Joseph Basilica to The Cathedral of Christ the Light; and on February 1, 2015 to St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon, returning to the Cathedral on August 28, 2015. The warmth of welcome and acceptance within the communities of our diocese has been a wonderful gift for Monica and Dave!
Deacon David is active in supporting those having spiritual and earthly needs; celebrating funerals outside of the parish, offering spiritual direction and retreats throughout the diocese; supporting many diocese social justice ministries; and proudly serving wherever called as a Knight of Columbus.
"To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also.
Through the Sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.
O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved Father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin.
Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as once you saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.
Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen."
You are welcome to join us on Sundays.
We pray the Rosary every Sunday after the 8:00 am Mass in English and after the 11:30 am Mass in Spanish.
If you are not able to pray with us perhaps you can send us your prayer intentions. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will gladly include them in our prayers.